Thursday, May 02, 2013

Quilts for Boston

Hopefully by now you have heard about BMQG's ongoing project to make quilts for those effected by the Boston bombings.  I didn't want to blog about it until I had actually made some blocks.  You can find all of the details on the guild blog here.
I decided to make several 12.5" square blocks - tutorials online for this size are readily available and it's kind of fun to search around for them.  I made two blocks from this tutorial - I thought the woven one was so fun - I decided to make two.  These blocks were part of the "Sew Happy Quilt Mixed Sampler Quilt Along."

The bottom left is a tutorial found here- part of the Blockapalooza quilt along.  The bottom right is the infamous X Plus block- the measurements to make a 12.5" (unfinished) block were found on Pinterest (sorry- I am having trouble with the link).  The top block was kind of improvisational- I wanted to showcase the large yellow floral.

The X-Plus block was my favorite one to make - I now finally get why they are so addicting.  I also have to say that it was a lot of fun to make all of these blocks from scraps rather than stash.  My stash is a total disaster area - so it proved much easier to go to my grey, yellow, and blue scrap bins to get materials for all of these.  I also love a "controlled" scrappy look - I don't really love sewing every color and bit together - but creating a cohesive color palette out of scraps really speaks to my taste.

Please consider making a block or two for this cause.  I am psyched for my guild to have dived into this so enthusiastically and the response so far has been generous.  Thanks for reading.


Jen said...

Love all of these. I've yet to be tempted into the X-plus blocks, but I'm close to caving in. I agree though - I like my scrappy quilts to look cohesive too.

Stephanie said...

Great blocks! I especially love that snowball block! It always feels so satisfying to work from scraps for me too :)